SEC West Prediction #3: Alabama


Jan 1, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper (9) runs after a reception against Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Eli Apple (13) during the third quarter in the 2015 Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Junior College Players have signed and enrolled. The 2015 signing class have all inked their Letters of Intent. Most teams have started or are about to start Spring Practice. Once the 2015 signing class sets foot on campus, we will know what each team will bring to the table for the 2015 season. That means it’s time for me to make my Spring Practice Predictions for the 2015 season.

2015 SEC East Prediction #7: Kentucky
2015 SEC East Prediction #6: Vanderbilt
2015 SEC East Prediction #5: South Carolina
2015 SEC East Prediction #4: Florida
2015 SEC East Prediction #3: Tennessee
2015 SEC East Prediction #2: Georgia
2015 SEC East Prediction #1: Missouri
2015 SEC West Prediction #7: Texas A&M
2015 SEC West Prediction #6: Ole Miss
2015 SEC West Prediction #5: Arkansas
2015 SEC West Prediction #4: LSU

And now it gets serious. Alabama fans will chastise me for thinking I have done the unthinkable by not predicting them to finish in what they believe is their God given right as fans of Alabama, which is 1st place in the SEC West. So here is where I think they trip up.

OpponentHome or AwayPredicted OutcomeWinsLossesSEC WinsSEC Losses
WisconsinNeutral (Arlington)Win1
Middle TennesseeHomeWin2
Ole MissHomeWin31
Texas A&MAwayWin63
Mississippi StateAwayLoss22
Charleston SouthernHomeWin9
9-3 Overall; 5-3 SEC

I’m not saying the Crimson Tide will be bad in 2015. I still see them going 9-3. The one thing that makes me think the Tide steps back this year was how different this team was on the road last year as opposed to when they played at home. They had their worst game of the year at Ole Miss, were a missed extra point away from being taken to overtime against Arkansas, and they probably should have lost to LSU. I think a lot of people will be surprised how difficult it will be for Alabama to move the football on offense next year. Losing Cooper is going to be a big blow to the offense. I’m not sold at all on Coker, and Bama isn’t know for producing major playmakers at quarterback. I think 2-2 is the best they can do on the road, and 1-3 is more realistic with three of their road games coming against Georgia, Mississippi State, and Auburn.